Today’s image is from the latest results of the Great Transatlantic Pinhole Filmswap Project. This is one of those serendipitous film swap photos that make me remember why I love doing these. I am not very fond of this self portrait of me, but I am sharing it here because today I need the reminder to love myself. The  odd thing about this photo is that I made a video at this exact time and shared it here on my blog, with a quote from Kendrick Lamar’s song, “I” (a song about loving oneself).

You can see the rest of the results from the swap here. And do let me know if you are interested in participating!


Geeky bits:

Camera: Terrapin 3d printed pinhole camera. Made by the fabulous Todd Schlemmer.
Film: Ektar 100

Inge shot her side in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. I shot mine in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Happy Hour


Happy Hour

Here is a pinhole photo I took a couple of weeks ago at a restaurant in Portland. The blurry figure is my brother in law. We had a really great dinner. I ordered wild boar tacos. I will never do that again.


Geeky photo bits
Camera: Zero 2000
Film: Ektar 100
Exposure time: 20 minutes

The current state of my Midori Traveler’s Notebook


I made another video about my Traveler’s Notebook. I am excited because I have found something that has worked for me! Because of this, I am feeling much less scatter-brained lately. I love how the Traveler’s Notebook has evolved and changed with me as I develop what works. I thought it would be fun to show you that evolution.


Here are some links to things addressed in the video.

  • Bullet Journal. I have been doing this with great success. My favorite thing about it is the index. It’s brilliant. Now those scatter-brained ideas can be found! I love using the Midori 2 month blank calendars for this. They work perfectly with the Bullet Journal system.
  • Chronodex. Still not completely sure what this is all about but it seems to be working for me. I guess I like the visual representation of my day. I can take one look at my Chronodex for the day and know where I am supposed to be. I also like my ritual at the beginning of the day of coloring in the different spaces. It’s a nice way for me to get focused on work in the morning. I started out with the journal that Patrick Ng graciously provides for free but have moved on to my own way of using it. I simply tape in a printout of the blank Chronodex template for each day. I don’t use it to track what I am doing each moment (as it is supposed to be used), I use it to help me keep track of where I am supposed to be during the day.
  • I’ve been buying my Midori stuff at Baum-Kuchen.

I should note that I just bought a passport-sized Traveler’s Notebook. I am planning on using that for my Bullet Journal/work stuff. The small size lends itself well for carrying around in my pocket all day.  That is the plan, anyway. I will let you know how it works out!

In the meantime, I will use the regular-sized Traveler’s notebook for creative stuff. Sketching, photography, etc.




Today’s photo blog post is a tribute to my husband’s uncle, Tom Martin. He passed away last night after a battle with cancer.

When I heard the news I thought about this photo I took two years ago. Cherry blossoms represent the fleeting, yet beautiful, nature of life itself. They are beautiful but we only get to enjoy them for a short time.

Uncle Tom was a good soul. He literally lit up the room when he was in it and he always had a joke or a good story to tell. I am really going to miss him.


Geeky photo bits:
Camera: Yashica Mat 124g
Film: Ektar 100

March Postcard Swap!

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The March postcard swap is now live, folks! This has been a really fun way of sharing your photography IRL. I have been really enjoying getting prints from friends all over the world in my mailbox. It’s also a really good excuse for me to get into the darkroom!

The gorgeous contact print featured on this post was sent from my Twitter and IG buddy, Brandon.

We are exchanging postcards-sized prints of our original photography. Both digital and film photography welcome! If you are interested in participating for March, fill out the form below, or go here if you can’t see it below.